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Gerald Murnane

Introduction by Andy Griffiths

Adrian Sherd is a teenage boy in Melbourne of the 1950s—the last years before television and the family car changed suburbia forever.

Earnest and isolated, tormented by his hormones and his religious devotion, Adrian dreams of elaborate orgies with American film stars, and of marrying his sweetheart and fathering eleven children by her. He even dreams a history of the world as a chronicle of sexual frustration.

A Lifetime on Clouds is funny, honest and sweetly told: a less ribald, Catholic Australian Portnoy’s Complaint.

Gerald Murnane
About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer. His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by ten other works of fiction, including The Plains and most recently Border Districts. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for...

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Praise for Gerald Murnane
andA Lifetime on Clouds

‘Unquestionably one of the most original writers working in Australia today.’

A Lifetime on Clouds delighted me: I was particularly admiring of the author’s unfailing ability to say just enough and no more.’

‘Murnane draws out a great deal of comedy from the distance between what his hero does and what he dreams.’

‘If you only ever read one Gerald Murnane novel in your life, I urge you to make it this one.’

‘Gerald Murnane had me hooked from page one of what is his second novel, A Lifetime on Clouds. Murnane’s wonderful imagination (and perhaps parallels with his own Catholic schoolboy upbringing) is exhibited through the hilarious and sincere tale of teenager Adrian Sherd, whose mundane 1950s family life in Melbourne suburbia is supplemented by his own wild imagination.’

‘Murnane, a genius, is a worthy heir to Beckett.’

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  • A Lifetime on Clouds
    ISBN: 9781922148506
    23 October 2013
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